No, Jefferson High School cafeteria manager Michelle Whitmire isn't accused of serving up marijuana on a plate alongside Mystery Meat and Surprise Stew.
But an arrest affidavit on view below in its entirety accuses the 51-year old of giving weed to children as young as elementary schoolers.
According to the document, an investigator showed up at Whitmire's residence on Sunday evening in search of a wanted juvenile. He found said juvie, as well as a persistent marijuana aroma. The teen, presumably a friend of the Jefferson High staffer's daughter, who was also present, said Whitmire is a medical marijuana patient who gives her bounty "to all the kids." In a subsequent interview, he provided "the names of other juveniles who have obtained marihuana [sic]" from Whitmire, including "elementary school aged children, middle school aged children, and high school aged children."
Had Whitmire provided these teens beer or even whiskey, or allowed them access to booze, it's unlikely her arrest would have rated the following press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office -- but these are the times in which we live, my friends. Also see a larger photo of Whitmire's booking photo and the arrest affidavit, which has been censored to remove the names of the juveniles in question.
Jefferson County District Attorney's Office release:
Cafeteria Manager at Jefferson High School Arrested
Jefferson County District Attorney investigators arrested 51-year-old Michelle Lynn Whitmire, Golden, on January 13 on suspicion of distribution of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Whitmire is suspected of providing marijuana to teenage friends of her daughter. Investigators went to Whitmire's Golden home at 17190 Mount Vernon Road, on January 9, on an unrelated issue, and discovered three teens in the home and the strong odor of marijuana.
According to the arrest affidavit, one of the teens said that Whitmire has a medical marijuana license and that there was marijuana in the house. He also said that she "...gives it (marijuana) to all the kids."
Whitmire is employed by the Jefferson County School District as the cafeteria manager at Jefferson High School. She has worked for the School District since 2006. District officials say that she has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Whitmire was booked into the Jefferson County jail on January 13 and posted $10,000 bond later that day. She is scheduled to appear in court on January 24 at 10:00.
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